Farewell to cigarettes – Phil attempts the big ‘Quit’

It’s very difficult to describe to a non-smoker what it’s like to smoke. Explaining why you can’t ‘just stop’ is virtually impossible. But let me attempt. I smoked because it made me feel relieved, re-charged, re-energized, re-focused, re-(insert any other term here). It seemed that the lack of nicotine in my system was enough for […]

Scots get credit for Canada

How the Scots Invented Canada, Ken McGoogan, 2010, Harper Collins, 415 pages, $29.99 Writer and historian Ken McGoogan paraphrased the title of his most recent book from Arthur Herman’s classic How the Scots Invented the Modern World, published in 2001. McGoogan said that his book, How the Scots Invented Canada, expands on “the relatively few […]

Garden centre has a secret weapon – four ladies at the helm

It was early in December on a wind-chilling Saturday afternoon when I dropped in on 77-year-old owner-operator Theresa Tate and her three daughters at East End Garden Centre. The 1395 Queen St. E. landmark’s walls were decked with seasonal greenery, festive urns, and untold metres of red ribbon, a display worthy of a well-known northern […]

January 11, 2010

This archival photograph depicts the unveiling ceremonies for the First World War memorial at Malvern Collegiate in May, 1922. The entire school body and the Lieutenant Governor Henry Cockshutt (seen next to the statue in grey coat) were in attendance to honour the 25 former Malvern students who paid the ultimate price for their country. […]

One hundred years of inspiration

On Thursday, Nov. 25, at her beloved home, called Fool’s Paradise, overlooking the Scarborough Bluffs, Doris McCarthy passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by the people and things that she deeply loved. Doris McCarthy was born in Calgary in 1910 and moved to the Beach when she was only four years old. Her family […]